Free and independent media form the basis of democratic societies and are an integral element of global security and prosperity. Globalisation and digitalisation have also become an indispensable part of today’s media landscape. The rapid online dissemination of information across national borders, the possibility for individuals to publicly express and promulgate their opinions, and the increasing attacks on press freedom and the integrity of journalists pose new challenges for international media policy. The data-based personalisation of media services, changing user behaviour and the loss of revenues by information producers to news intermediaries require fresh ideas for financing independent quality journalism. Phenomena such as misinformation, disinformation and online hate speech raise new questions, particularly on regulating news intermediaries.
Importance for Switzerland
Many of the questions concerning freedom of expression and information of the media as well as limits to these freedoms also arise at the international level. So too does the discussion on regulating global online platforms, news intermediaries and social media. It is therefore important that Switzerland participate in international bodies in order to be able to share ideas and coordinate action on these topics. Switzerland therefore cooperates closely with other regulatory authorities, including the Council of Europe, to actively shape international media policy. It is also committed at international level to respecting freedom of expression and information, to protecting journalists and to ensuring independent and quality journalism.
OFCOM is actively involved in international media policy in the following organisations:
Last modification 02.05.2022